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Hosted by teenager Austin Eve Irving, this compelling video series for children of all ages features exciting explorations into the lives and times of famous painters.
Writer/Director — David Irving.
I Can Fly II: Kids, Painting & Art Appreciation
An exciting exploration of five key elements of painting: color, light, style, texture, and subject. Features artwork of Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, as well as modern African American artists. Blue Man Group and Paper Bag Players perform. 28 minutes.
I Can Fly III: Kids, Painting & Modern Art
Explores seven key modern art styles or “isms,” including Pointillism, Dadaism, Abstract Impressionism, Op and Pop Art, and Photo-realism, featuring the artwork of Seurat, Matisse, Pollack, Chuck Close and others. Includes performances by Blue Man Group, STOMP!, and Paper Bag Players. 28 minutes.
I Can Fly IV: Kids & African American Art
Six bold, brilliant artists paint and speak from the heart of the Black experience in America — the history, politics, city life, and country life. Includes performances by theatrical groups de la Guarda and STOMP! 28 minutes.
I Can Fly V: Kids & Women Artists in Their Studios
Visit artists Faith Ringgold, Jackie Winsor, Flo Oy Wong, Grandma Moses, Jennifer Bartlett, and Elizabeth Catlett working in their studios, as they explore their feelings about themselves, their families, and their art.
I Can Fly VI: Kids, Dioramas, and Installations
From the time of the cave paintings of Lascaux up to the present day, artists have expressed themselves beyond the confines of the canvas. This program explores how dioramas and installation art are made, and features an appearance by contemporary artist Red Grooms.
I Can Fly: Kids & Creativity
Explores the creative processes in art, music, song, pottery, and dance with artists Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence, and Elizabeth Catlett, plus performances by Blue Man Group, de la Guarda, and STOMP! 25 minutes.
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Lacking in Quality
By MN Art Teacher
Comments about I Can Fly DVDs:
This video was produced in 2006 and fails to meet my expectations for a quality classroom video. The host (noticed the host is related to the director – should have hired a real actor!) is awkward and makes little effort to define the purpose of the film before, during, or at the end of the choppy sequences. I was hoping to hear more artist testimony about the creative process or finding inspiration yet the artists featured (Faith Ringgold, Jacob Laurence...) say about one sentence each regarding their work. Ironic considering that a considerable amount of time is dedicated to the interview of one, dazed-looking child who rambles on about how she likes to paint rainbows. The transitions are a bit sloppy and amateurish, far removed from the contemporary video productions that my elementary students are used to. The nail in the coffin for me was the strange, psychedelic vintage (and sexist) cartoon clip spliced just before a toddler-aged child loudly sings "mary had a little lamb" with a toy keyboard. I feel this film grossly underestimates the aesthetic sensibilities of children and should be pulled from the Blick catalog. I will return this and seek a refund as I would be embarrassed to watch with students. Skip I Can Fly and pick a different option.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Great Educational Video
from Deland, FL
This video is great for my elementary art classes. It is jam packed with great information and yet with the inclusion of the children in the video, very easy to grasp.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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